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Fireside History presented by Luzerne County Historical Society

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Luzerne County Historical Society Director of Operations and Programs and Museum Curator, Mark Riccetti, Jr. and Wilkes-Barre Area School District Social Studies teacher and former Luzerne County Historical Society board member, Michael Ward, discuss some well known and never heard of topics about the rich and full history of Luzerne County.

Luzerne County Historical Society Director of Operations and Programs and Museum Curator, Mark Riccetti, Jr. and Wilkes-Barre Area School District Social Studies teacher and former Luzerne County Historical Society board member, Michael Ward, discuss some well known and never heard of topics about the rich and full history of Luzerne County.

Location:

United States

Description:

Luzerne County Historical Society Director of Operations and Programs and Museum Curator, Mark Riccetti, Jr. and Wilkes-Barre Area School District Social Studies teacher and former Luzerne County Historical Society board member, Michael Ward, discuss some well known and never heard of topics about the rich and full history of Luzerne County.

Language:

English


Episodes

Fireside History Episode 10 ”Men About Town”

12/30/2021
Did you ever play at Hollenback Golf Course? Have you ever driven down Dorrance Street in Kingston? Do you know the story of the NEPA version of Ben Franklin? We have all heard the stories about the Fell House. In this episode of Fireside History presented by the Luzerne County Historical Society, Mark Riccetti, Jr. and Michael Ward discuss Matthias Hollenback, Charles Dorrance, Jacob Cist, and Jesse Fell.

Duration:00:51:05

Fireside History Episode 9 ”WWI On the Home Front”

11/11/2021
In Episode 9 of Fireside History presented by the Luzerne County Historical Society, Mark Riccetti, Jr. and Michael Ward discuss how Luzerne County prepared for WWI. From the fears of the residents in Luzerne County to the outpouring of patriotism, issues from a war across an ocean, were right here in our own backyard.

Duration:00:45:01

Fireside History Episode 8 “Oktoberfest”

10/16/2021
In Episode 8 of Fireside History presented by the Luzerne County Historical Society, Mark Riccetti, Jr. and Michael Ward discuss some of the most famous breweries in Luzerne County. From Stegmaier to Lion to Bartel’s to E. Robinson’s Sons and current local craft breweries, you will be taken on a historical beer tour of Luzerne County. As Ben Franklin said, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”

Duration:01:20:00

Fireside History Episode 7 "Rollercoaster of Memories"

8/26/2021
Do you have memories of going to Hanson's Amusement Park in the summer? Did you ride the Laurel Line up to Rocky Glen Park? Can you remember the name of the garbage eating pig from Angela Park? Was attending shows at San Souci Park part of your teen years? If so, Episode 7 of Fireside History presented by the Luzerne County Historical Society is for you! Mark Riccetti, Jr. and Michael Ward talk about some of the summer activities of days gone by this month on the podcast.

Duration:00:50:08

Fireside History Episode 6 "Bringing the Giant to Its Knees Part 1"

7/29/2021
The Giants Despair Hillclimb has been a tradition in Luzerne County for over 100 years. Do you know when it was started? Have you heard about some of the best drivers from all over the world that competed in the race? Ever been curious as to how the hill got the the name "Giants Despair"? In this episode of Fireside History presented by the Luzerne County Historical Society, Mark Riccetti, Jr. and Michael Ward take a look back at the origins, popularity, decline, and rebirth of the Giants...

Duration:01:13:40

Fireside History Episode 5 "A Tale of Two Butlers"

6/24/2021
A battle of the American Revolution was fought in Luzerne County. In a place that many of us have gone by hundreds of times in our lives. On this episode of Fireside History presented by the Luzerne County Historical Society, Mark Riccetti, Jr., and Michael Ward, discuss the days leading up to and the massacre that was the Battle of Wyoming.

Duration:01:00:51

Fireside History Episode 4 "Plagues and Pandemic, Oh My!"

6/11/2021
Global pandemics are nothing new. Typhoid, Scarlet Fever, Smallpox, and the Spanish Flu all hit Luzerne County. In this episode of Fireside History, Mark Riccetti, Jr. and Michael Ward discuss how people of the Wyoming Valley dealt with these epidemics and how it all sounds quite similar to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Duration:00:47:37

Fireside History Episode 3 "Swetland Family Values"

4/29/2021
Everyone has probably driven past the Swetland Homestead on Wyoming Avenue in Wyoming. Have you ever wondered who lived in the home? On this episode of Fireside History, Mark Riccetti, Jr. and Michael Ward talk about Luke, Belding, and William Swetland, along with their relative, Payne Pettebone and the impact they had on Luzerne County.

Duration:00:55:51

Fireside History Episode 2 "Ladies of Luzerne (County)"

3/17/2021
Have you heard the story of a young girl kidnapped by Native Americans? Do you know who the first woman elected to Wilkes-Barre Area School Board was? Do you know the two women of Luzerne County who fought for the rights of Breaker Boys and stood up the mafia? How about the first executive director of the Luzerne County Historical Society? In this episode of Fireside History, Mark Riccetti, Jr. and Michael Ward answer all of these questions as they talk about Frances Slocum, Mary Trescott,...

Duration:00:38:36

Fireside History Episode 1 "Gildersleeve vs. Grier"

2/25/2021
There is a Gildersleeve street in Wilkes-Barre, but do you know why? Hint; it has to do with the Underground Railroad. In the first episode of Fireside History, Mark Riccetti, Jr. and Michael Ward discuss William Camp Gildersleeve and his life dedicated to helping free slaves.

Duration:00:35:47